Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump's budget

Trump's budget proposal must be considered as a starting point as much of it is preposterous.  Is this "the art of the deal" or the art of incompetence. The focus is on the huge additional spending on the military and by extension homeland security.  The biggest cuts come at the EPA and the State Department.  They are drastic.  Tiny agencies that represent a miniscule part of the budget are also targeted.  Notably the Legal Services Corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts each would lose all of their funding.

We know that Trump does not read anything of consequence or have any interest in the arts.  Is he such a philistine that he would deny those pleasures to others.  It should be noted that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting only provides partial funding, probably less than 20%, to PBS and NPR, but they do fund the many of the outlets that air those programs in a more substantial way.

These cuts are just a vindictive move by Steve Bannon, who relishes doing all of the work to direct the attention deficit driven Trump's mind, and the extreme right that holds sway. Ivanka will not come to the rescue.  She has become a false hope.  The American public will step up, must step up.


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